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NFL Week 9 early live thread

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NFL: Jacksonville Jaguars at Houston Texans Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

All day. You’re going to be able to watch football all day. Whether you’re east coast or west coast Week 9 kickstarts bright and early, beginning with the Jacksonville Jaguars (4-4) “hosting” the Houston Texans (5-3) at Wembley Stadium in London at 9:30am EST.

That’s a big game for both teams in a very competitive AFC South division where the bottom dwellers (Jags and Tennessee Titans) boast .500 records entering the back half of the year.

After that game wraps up, we’ve got six more that are soon to follow (1pm EST):

Chicago Bears (3-4) at Philadelphia Eagles (4-4)

As a Rams’ fan, I’m pulling for the Bears in this one today. The Packers and Vikings look to have a firm grip on the NFC North so I’m not really concerned about the Bears - who the Rams will face in two weeks - from a playoff push perspective. A win for the Eagles, who sit right behind the Rams in current playoff seeding, could spell trouble down the road. Do us a solid today, Chicago.

Minnesota Vikings (6-2) at Kansas City Chiefs (5-3)

Yuge Matt Moore fan today. Hope the Chiefs put a hurtin’ on the Vikings. Do us a solid today, KC.

Indianapolis Colts (5-2) at Pittsburgh Steelers (3-4)

The Colts currently sit atop the aforementioned AFC South by a half game over the Texans, so they’ll to keep it that way today on the road against a Steelers team that’ll be without starting RB James Conner.

Not sure how many eyes will be on this game, but this is the Rams next opponent so I suppose there could be worse things to watch...

New York Jets (1-6) at Miami Dolphins (0-7)

See. Told ya.

Washington Redskins (1-7) at Buffalo Bills (5-2)

What a great organization the Redskins are! Draft a QB, continue to sit him behind career backup QB’s, have rumors spread that the head coach never wanted him, and then give him his very first start on the road against a very good Bills’ defense. Who saw this coming?!

Tennessee Titans (4-4) at Carolina Panthers (4-3)

The Panthers are another one of those teams that I’d say are too uncomfortably close to the Rams at this point in regards to their playoff aspirations. The New Orleans Saints (7-1) look to be a lock atop the NFC South, but Carolina has the talent to stay in the hunt for a wild card. Do us a solid today, Tennessee.